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ArlingtonOpinionLetter: Youngkin would be disastrous for education

Letter: Youngkin would be disastrous for education

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Editor: As a high-school junior, I know for a fact that Glenn Youngkin’s policies are dangerous for Virginia’s students and public schools.

There’s no denying that our public schools are among the best in the world. I, for one, have experienced firsthand the world-class education that Virginia has to offer for over 12 years now, but I know that it’s not guaranteed and that folks like Youngkin can take it away instantly.

Over the course of his campaign, Youngkin has, time and time again, outlined policies that would decimate our schools. For starters, his tax-cut proposal threatens to eliminate Virginia’s teacher workforce by nearly a third and cut funding for public schools.

More recently, Youngkin unveiled his plan to put a school-resource officer in every Virginia school. While this sounds good on paper, his plan will drain Virginia’s already-low police workforce and strengthen the school-to-prison pipeline that we have been working so hard to counteract, especially in minority-majority areas.

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With egregious policies like that, there’s no doubt that Glenn Youngkin is a disastrous choice for Virginia’s public schools.

Zachary Lincoln, Springfield

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